In April 2006 I attended the Fuschl Conversation of the International Federation for Systems Research, held in Fuschl Am See, Austria. In these conversations, small groups of scholars from around the world engage in a dialog on a topic of their choice. It is a far richer experience than most academic or professional conferences.
My group engaged in a dialog on the topic of conversation methodology and how it might be utilized by IFSR and other communities in the future. We created a model for what we called "Fuschl extension," in which systems scientists might engage as co-learners within local communities. Group members from left to right were Barbara Rivera (Ithaca College), Doug Walton (Cisco Systems & Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco), myself, Christian Fuchs (front; University of Salzburg, Austria), Urban Kordes (rear; Institut Jozef Stefan, Slovenia); and Yoshi Horiuchi (Shibaura Insititute of Technology, Japan).